Tagged: gmo

Towards tackling milk allergy - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 25, 2017

New Zealand agricultural scientists have learnt that the calves of a cow modified to have less allergenic milk also have less allergenic milk, raising hopes of developing a variety of cattle that those will one type of milk allergy can drink. Jamie Morton writing in the New Zealand Herald has the story, GE cow’s offspring show ‘super-milk’ potential. For those … Read More

Is GM corn really different to non-GM corn? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 31, 2016

‘Substantially equivalent’ is the term used by regulatory bodies as part of confirming a GM crop is safe for consumption. Earlier work claims GM corn is ‘substantially equivalent’ to non-GM corn. Earlier this month a study was published in Scientific Reports claiming genetically modified corn is not substantially equivalent to non-GM corn, “Our molecular profiling results show that NK603 and its isogenic control … Read More

Book review: What’s so controversial about genetically modified food? - Scibooks

John Kerr Dec 11, 2016

John T Lang’s new book tackles a tough question: What’s so controversial about genetically modified food? The answer is: It’s complicated. While far from satisfying, this conclusion isn’t a cop out. The staggering complexity of our modern food systems is a returning theme in Lang’s small treatise on genetic modification (GM) and food. His observations and insights are … Read More

Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts? - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 16, 2016

By Fern Wickson, GenØk – Centre for Biosafety Biotechnology is rapidly evolving through developments in genome editing and synthetic biology, giving birth to new forms of life. This technology has already given us genetically modified (GM) plants that produce bacterial pesticides, GM mosquitos that are sterile and GM mice that develop human cancers. Now, new biotechnological techniques … Read More

Green Party GM policy and discussion about GE or GMOs - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 10, 2016

In NZ, media such as the TV3 News website are reporting Federated Farmers as encouraging the New Zealand Green Party to also review their policy on genetic modification (GM), following the lead of the Australian Greens leader, Richard Di Natale. This is likely to cause public comment, as there already is on-line. I’m sure I’m … Read More

Genetic modification now accepted by most New Zealanders - Unsorted

Grant Jacobs Dec 09, 2015

From 2001 to 2014 there has been a big shift to acceptance of genetic modification, from 92% opposed to genetic engineering (GE) to 80% accepting it. Prof. Jean Fleming,[1] presented at the recent Science Communicator’s Association of New Zealand annual conference some results from Katherine Hope’s 2014 Masters thesis,[1] which covered a survey … Read More

Proposed changes to GMO regulation leave major problems unaddressed - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 05, 2015

This article was written without being aware of two important context documents. I would strongly encourage readers to read this article first so that they are aware of the proper context for this discussion. Last week the Minister for the Environment announced a proposal to change part of New Zealand’s legislation controlling the use of … Read More

GMOs and legislation: useful suggestions for New Zealand in British report - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 22, 2015

Below is a condensed version of a report, featuring the portions I feel may be useful to New Zealand, followed by a selection of expert statements about this report. The legislation and public engagement issues for GM in this report strongly overlap with those in New Zealand. I offer this for those interested in the topic, but lack the … Read More